Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX 77446

Fax: 936-857-2160


Tuition (instate):
$78 per hour

$456 per hour
Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:

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Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas

The modern mission of Prairie View A&M University was most recently redefined by the people of Texas by an amendment to the state's constitution in 1984. Through that amendment, Prairie View A&M University joined the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University as the state's only constitutionally designated “institutions of the first class.” In support of that designation, in 1985, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System expressed its intention that Prairie View A&M University become “an institution nationally recognized in its areas of education and research.” Prairie View A&M University is a land-grant institution by federal statute. It is also a statewide special-purpose institution by state statute.

While striving to maintain excellent instruction and a strong curriculum, the University nurtures students' academic development and intellectual curiosity by providing a stimulating physical and cultural environment. As a special-purpose university, Prairie View A&M develops special programming to identify and assist talented students who may otherwise be overlooked. The University believes it can and should help students understand some of the possibilities of the mind and spirit so that they may be productive citizens and lead fulfilling lives.

The enrollment at Prairie View exceeds 8,000 students. Men account for 41 percent, while women account for 59 percent of the total enrollment. Approximately 94 percent of the students are state residents. Students from other countries account for 2 percent of the total enrollment. Approximately 70 percent of the students are between the ages of 18 and 24. On-campus housing consists of an ultramodern freshman residential complex and twenty-nine apartment buildings, which collectively accommodate 3,291 students. Each residence hall room is equipped with a direct-line telephone, cable television services, a microwave, and a freezer/refrigerator. The apartment buildings consist of suites with two or four private bedroom units, a community living room, and a kitchenette. A limited number (about 30 percent) of the apartments have full kitchens. All housing facilities have accommodations (per ADA requirements) for the physically challenged.

Location and Community
The main campus of Prairie View A&M University is situated on a 1,440-acre site in Waller County, approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston. It is accessible by major highways; bus service is available from Houston, Austin, and Dallas. Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport provide air transportation. The University's location offers the advantages of a pleasant, semirural environment with convenient access to the excitement of a major American city. The city of Prairie View provides an opportunity to observe government at close range. There are a variety of restaurants, shopping facilities, rodeo events, and ethnic festivals, as well as access to lakes for water sports and facilities for horseback riding in the area.

Academic Life
The requirements for a bachelor's degree at Prairie View A&M University ensure that graduates have a well-rounded educational experience. Students must complete the University core course requirements in addition to the specific course and semester-hour requirements for the degree program selected. The University requires a minimum of 120 semester hours and at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for graduation. Specializations are offered within the major areas of study in some degree programs. The University awards credit for successful scores on the Advanced Placement examinations. Highly motivated students are rewarded with an opportunity to challenge themselves academically through the accelerated courses offered by the University Scholars Program. Military science programs include Army ROTC and Naval ROTC. Cooperative education programs are available in some departments. Support services, tutoring, assessment testing, career exploration, precollege programs, international-student advising, undecided-major advising, multicultural programs, crisis counseling, and placement counseling are offered through the Offices of Career Services, Cooperative Education, School Relations, and Developmental Studies; the Center for Academic Support; the Academic Advising Center; the Academy for Collegiate Excellence and Student Success (ACCESS); and University College.

The University's faculty consists of 300 full-time faculty members, 73 percent of whom have earned doctoral degrees.

The academic calendar is based on the semester system. In addition, three-, five-, eight-, and ten-week summer sessions are offered. The normal course load ranges from 12 semester hours to 18 semester hours during the regular academic year and up to a maximum of 12 semester hours during the summer terms.

Majors Offered:
The University offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science. Undergraduate degree majors include accounting, accounting and information systems, agricultural engineering, agriculture, applied music, architecture, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, computer-aided drafting and design, computer engineering technology, computer science, construction science, criminal justice, dietetics, drama, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, English, family and community services, finance, health, history, human development and the family, human performance, human science, industrial technology, interdisciplinary studies, management, marketing, mathematics, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, merchandising and design, music, nursing, physics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and Spanish. Coordinate degrees are offered in biology, business, chemistry, education, engineering, human sciences, and sociology.

Facilities and Resources
Modern facilities include well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Specially designed studios, theaters, and auditoriums are available for the visual and performing arts. The most modern facilities include the new student center, a science building, a multimedia foreign language laboratory, an engineering technology building, a chemical engineering building, and the John B. Coleman Library, which features state-of-the-art equipment, an expanded Learning Resources Center, and a laboratory for computer-assisted instruction. The library contains more than 300,000 volumes, 618,663 microforms, and several special collections. More than 2,000 periodicals and other serials are currently received by the library. Nursing students who have fulfilled their foundation course work complete five semesters in the College of Nursing facility, located in the heart of the Houston medical complex. Other campus facilities include the Academic Computing Center and studios for Prairie View's radio station (KPVU) and cable television operations.

Campus Life
Student life programs are aimed at giving students an opportunity to achieve their educational and career goals without neglecting the support, encouragement, and sense of community that foster a feeling of belonging. The student development staff is committed to enriching the University environment so that students can establish personal value systems and refine interpersonal skills in support of their lifetime aims and objectives. Student organizations include sororities, fraternities, honor societies, the band, the choir, religious groups, special interest clubs, drama (Charles Gilpin Players), the forensic team, and social clubs. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. The University Marching and Symphonic Bands and the Percussion Ensemble develop students' musical talents.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
The Prairie View Panthers varsity sports teams for men and women compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and in NCAA baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. Active intramural sports and recreational programs are provided.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Prairie View A&M University administers a wide range of programs to help students meet the cost of attending the University. Various factors are considered in determining who qualifies for financial aid. Programs available to provide financial support include academic and need-based scholarships, state and federal loans and grants, and student employment. Students are required to complete a need analysis to determine their extent of need and eligibility for aid. Approximately 84 percent of the students at Prairie View receive some form of financial assistance. For more information, students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 936-857-2424.

Admission Requirements / Application
Admission to Prairie View A&M University is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, creed, age, national origin, or educationally unrelated handicap. To apply for admission, students must provide a completed application and a $25 application fee, a certified high school transcript or a GED certificate (high school equivalency diploma), and SAT or ACT scores. In addition to the admission application, transfer applicants must submit transcripts from previous colleges attended and the confidential questionnaire. International students must also submit an Affidavit of Financial Support and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, along with supporting documents. Applicants should note that the Texas State Education Code requires that all students “who enter Texas public institutions of higher education in the fall of 1989 and thereafter must be tested for reading, writing, and mathematics skills.” This includes all “full-time and part-time students enrolled in a certificate or degree program.” Transfer students must provide Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores or proof of exemption or take the test. Students who plan to enroll must take the TASP test before enrolling in any college-level courses.

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